DAMASCUS (Dispatches) – Terrorists in Syria are preparing to fabricate a chemical attack in areas in Idlib and Aleppo provinces in northern Syria to frame the Syrian army, a military statement says.
The state news agency SANA cited a military statement as saying that the terrorists in the western countryside of Aleppo and the countryside of Idlib are preparing to fake a chemical attack to frame the Syrian forces and halt their progress against the terrorists in the aforementioned areas.
The statement charged that the terrorists are preparing to stage the attack under the Turkish support, noting that such fabrications will not achieve the intended goal of bringing the Syrian military operation to a halt.
The new development comes as the Syrian army has launched a wide-scale offensive in the western countryside of Aleppo and the southern countryside of Idlib with the aim of liberating areas along the road connecting Damascus in the south with Aleppo in the north.
The Syrian army reached the outskirts of the Maarat al-Numan city, the second-largest city in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, a war monitor reported on Monday.
The Syrian army has captured 14 areas since Jan. 25 evening in the southern countryside of Idlib province, according to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Battles also continued in the western countryside of Aleppo province in northern Syria, where the terrorists killed 12 Syrian soldiers on Monday during targeting their army positions on the outskirts of western Aleppo countryside, said the Britain-based watchdog group.
Capturing Maarat al-Numan will enable the Syrian army to secure the Hama-Aleppo road as part of an agreement reached in Russia’s Sochi in 2018 that aims to secure the official road to Aleppo, which extends all the way south to the capital Damascus.
Since the Hama-Aleppo road is under terrorists’ control, people have traveled to Aleppo through another extension of the road.
The army is now prioritizing the recapture of the entire road between Hama and Aleppo, which will enable the travel movement to return to its pre-war time from Damascus in the south to Aleppo in the north without rerouting to other roads.